As near perfect a camping destination as you could desire.

Is there a more idyllic setting than Hawthbush Farm? We reckon East Sussex’s very own corner of heaven is as near perfect a camping destination as you could possibly desire. The working 140-acre organic farm is in the very heart of the county so prepare to be dazzled by an endless expanse of golden fields and unspoilt wildflower meadows ringed by ancient, blubell-peppered woodland. Rural loveliness aside, the accommodation options on offer cater to all tastes and abilities. For canvas connoisseurs looking to organise a group excursion, a private field can be hired for exclusive use. Showers, loos, firepits are provided and a lovely, old, rustic barn can be rented for larger celebrations. For something a little less wild, there are two charming little shepherds' huts, with beautiful cast-iron wood burning stoves and hammocks to lounge beside your very own Kadai firepit/barbeque. And for a truly pampered getaway, you can rent one of the lovingly restored out-buildings (either the old piggery or cowshed) – eco-friendly abodes that are beautifully decorated and fully equipped with all the provisions you could need for your stay.

Our favourite spot

Large groups can rent out the private field for up to 15 tents. Glampers can stay in the shepherds huts. Sorry— no dogs allowed.

Best local places to eat and drink

The Gun (01825 872 361) is 800m away and serves excellent food. The Chiddingly Village Shop and Cafe is only a mile away. Middle Farm is an excellent local farm shop offering a bewildering array of local foods. It's also home to the National Cider & Perry collection, where you can try before you buy.

Only a 800m walk away is the excellent Gun Pub (01825 872361) with great food, local ale, garden and kids play area. Just under 2 miles away is the vibrant Six Bells pub in Chiddingly (01825 872227) which serves good value food and has live music at weekends, very popular with the locals.

Why stay with us?

Each hut has its own camp kitchen next to it, with gas stove, coolbox and crockery and cutlery. Each hut also has its own picnic table and kadai firepit/bbq. There is a small block on the edge of the woodland near the shepherds huts comprising 2 toilets, a hot shower and washing up facilities. There is also a much larger barn near the parking area with more toilets and showers, kitchen, fridge and freezer and a washing machine. You'll also find a ping pong table, plus other sports goodies. A projector for watching old movies on rainy days will be installed soon. Toby has big plans for the 2013 season. Not only will there be more shepherd huts in a completely different field, but there'll also be brand new (and pretty big) Safari tents – ideal for families. But the pièce de résistance? A cedar hut tub in the woods!


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